July 18, 2015

An Introduction to the Feather: SpaceShipTwo’s Most Innovative Safety Feature

When it comes to human spaceflight, re-entry back into the Earth’s atmosphere is just as difficult a challenge a blasting off in the first place. To solve this challenge, SpaceShipTwo uses a unique safety system called “the feather.” The feather combines the strengths of two classic re-entry styles, creating something new and improved that simply doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before outside its predecessor, SpaceShipOne.

To help you better understand why the feather is needed and how it works, we’ve created this brief explainer video.